Young Joon Kwak
YOUNG JOON KWAK is a LA-based multidisciplinary artist, founder of the performance collaborative Mutant Salon, and lead performer of the band Xina Xurner. Kwak has had solo exhibitions in Chicago, LA, and South Korea, most recently at Commonwealth and Council (LA, ’14). She performed and exhibited in collaborative and group exhibitions at venues such as the Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Honor Fraser Gallery, Night Gallery, and the Broad (LA), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Regina Rex and Smack Mellon (NYC), and Pavillon Vendôme Centre d’Art Contemporain (Clichy, France). Upcoming projects include a Mutant Salon performance at the Hammer (Fall ’16), a solo exhibition at Commonwealth and Council (’17), and a research-based exhibition on queer performance aesthetics at the ONE National LGBTQ Archives (’17). Kwak received her MFA from USC (’14), MA from the University of Chicago (’10), and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (’07).
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In Chicago, 2011, my sister Mark Aguhar (1987 2012) and I came to know each other through a utopian network of queers that would congregate at art and music shows, queer/activist community gatherings, and dance parties such as the legendary Chances Dances.